BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man died in a chaotic and confusing car crash on Buffalo's east side Tuesday morning. The victim's brother is speaking out Wednesday.
The family is still trying to piece together exactly what happened to their brother. They described him as a harmless man with mental problems, who liked to help people. However, they think he may have helped too much this time.
Forty-five-year-old Lamont Holman, of Buffalo, was the man who died early Tuesday on Cambridge Avenue. Earlier Wednesday, his family came back to where, Monty, as he was known, was killed.
Lamont's brother Murray Holman said, "My brother is schizophrenic, mentally ill, he walks this neighborhood every day, everyone in this neighborhood knows him."
Murray, who serves as the Chairman of the Stop the Violence Coalition, says he went out that night looking for his brother when he didn't come home.
Murray said, "I rolled around looking for him and I got some calls from the Buffalo Police Department that helped us in a way and then we ended up at the morgue where I had to identify my brother."
According to Buffalo Police, around 1 a.m, some sort of dispute between Lamont and a 44-year-old woman from Medina broke out.
A report states Lamont was latched onto her car for a block and a half before she slammed into this tree. Buffalo Police have not said what started the incident, only that it was not a car jacking.
Murray said, "I don't know what the investigation said, I don't know. But from these marks that are out here on this street, she had to be flying at a rate rate of speed to put a mark on that tree like that."
Murray says his brother did not know the woman, and believes drugs may be involved.
Murray said, "Monty could be walking down the streets and somebody could give him money or say ‘Monty I need you to do something,' and he would do it. His mindset is not on our level of thinking. He would just do it and it cost him his life I believe."
The female driver is still at ECMC. Police have not released her name. Police have not said whether drugs were involved, but say they are continuing their investigation.
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